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Myers, Walter Dean.
New York : HarperCollins, 2003.
IL 5-8, RL 5.0
ISBN 0060295228
Reuben feels that it is easier for someone from Africa to become an American than it is for him.  He lives in Harlem -- a place with empty buildings and empty promises.  He tells his son that every time you see a boarded up building in Harlem, you're looking at a promise that somebody didn't keep.  Reuben gets nervous sometimes when he doesn't take his medicine.  His wife and sons are the ones who suffer the most from this.  He sees his family fracturing.  His wife is working for an agency that wants to turn an abandoned building into a homeless shelter.  The problem is, Reuben works at that building.  His oldest son is experimenting with drugs and gangs.  And he just doesn't understand 12-year-old David at all.
SUBJECTS:     African Americans -- Fiction.
                        Fathers and sons -- Fiction.
                        Family life -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction.
                        Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- Fiction.


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